Ikeja, June 11, 2019 Two suspected vagrants – Azeez Olabanji and Adeola Rasheed – charged with stabbing a man with a knife and beating another to pulp, were on Tuesday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.
Olabanji, a resident of Egbeda, Lagos State, and Rasheed, who lives at Ikeja, were arraigned before Magistrate O.O. Ekundayo on a two-count charge of conspiracy and assault.
The duo, however, denied committing the offences, and were admitted to bail in the sum of N300,000 each, with two sureties each in like sum.
Ekundayo held that all the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
He adjourned the case until June 20 for mention.
The prosecutor, Insp. Josephine Ikhayere, had told the court that the defendants committed the offences on May 29, in Ikeja.
She alleged that the defendants unlawfully assaulted Messrs Obi Martin and Towe Gabriel.
“The defendants accosted Martin, commanding him to give them money to eat, and threatened to beat him if he would not comply.
“When Martin refused to give them money, they descended on him and beat him until he fainted.
“When Martin’s employer, Gabriel, was informed about the incident, he rushed to the scene and the defendants stabbed him severally with knife on his shoulder.
“Some good Samaritans at the scene rushed the two complainants to a hospital and arrested the defendants and handed them over to the police,” she said.
The prosecutor said that the offences violated Sections 173 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 173 stipulates three years’ imprisonment for assault while Section 411 prescribes two years’ jail term for conspiracy.